Wednesday, April 19, 2006

If Thy Dong Offend Thee, Whip It Out 

Courtesy of our esteemed colleague Orc from This Space for Rent: We'll describe the legislation. You guess the state:
A proposed law that would impose a prison sentence on same-sex couples who marry has been toughened by the _______ Senate to include anyone who attends a gay wedding or is a member of any LGBT organization.

It would impose a five year sentence on any same-couple who marries or goes abroad to marry. It also bans same-sex couples from living together, wed or not, outlaws adoption by gays and goes so far as to make it a criminal offense to be a member of a gay club, social organization or LGBT civil rights group.

The legislation would also impose a prison term on anyone who attends a same-sex union, witnesses a union or celebrates a ceremony involving gay or lesbian couples.
Okay, we were messing with you. It's not a United States-kinda state; it's Nigeria. But you bought it for a moment, didn't you? And you wouldn't be altogether eager to bet the family farm that similar legislation couldn't be introduced, and passed, in certain of our redder red states, now, would you?

The gay-marriage ban was sponsored by Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who visited D.C. a couple of weeks ago:
Ahead of President Olusegun Obasanjo's State visit to the United States this week, there is increasing pressure on President George W. Bush, to ask his guest not to seek a third term in office in the interest of peace and security in Nigeria and Africa.

To support this position, the New York Times, in yesterday's lead editorial titled 'In Nigeria, Things Fall Apart', called on Bush "to tell Mr. Obasanjo that changing his country's Constitution so that he can remain in office is foolhardy. Another four years is not worth a Nigerian civil war."
That makes two bright ideas we're hoping won't catch on here in the good ole U.S. of A.

TANGENTIALLY RELATED SIDEBAR: Ah, the joys of HyperText Markup Language. While reading the story linked directly above, we were reminded that Nigeria gave asylum to Liberian strongman Charles Taylor, the Rev. Pat Robertson's erstwhile business partner in a dubious mining venture called "Freedom Gold." Two minutes of Google golfing led us to this little gem:
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson accused President Bush of “undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels” by asking Liberian President Charles Taylor, recently indicted for war crimes, to step down.

“How dare the president of the United States say to the duly elected president of another country, 'You've got to step down,'" Robertson said Monday on “The 700 Club,” broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network.

“It's one thing to say, we will give you money if you step down and we will give you troops if you step down, but just to order him to step down? He doesn't work for us.”
Compare and contrast:
During the February 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity & Colmes, Christian Coalition founder and 700 Club host Pat Robertson reiterated his call for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

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